August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Dust off your forensic equipment: The First Eagle, the latest installment in Tony Hillerman’s long-running Navajo Tribal Police mystery series, has flown to No. 6 in its first week of release. Steeped in a rich blend of Navajo culture and Southwestern lore, the novel reunites Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn for a case involving homicide, an incurable plague, and even a bit of romance. Black death notwithstanding, this Eagle has definitely landed: Three pressruns have produced 275,000 copies in print.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 POINT OF ORIGIN Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $25.95 4 2 I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE Wally Lamb, ReganBooks, $27.50 9 3 SUMMER SISTERS Judy Blume, Delacorte, $21.95 12 4 MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $20 17 5 BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY Helen Fielding, Viking, $22.95 9 6 THE FIRST EAGLE Tony Hillerman, HarperCollins, $25 1 7 A NIGHT WITHOUT ARMOR Jewel Kilcher, HarperCollins, $15 6 8 THE STREET LAWYER John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 26 9 THE KLONE AND I Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $17.95 7 10 LOW COUNTRY Anne Rivers Siddons, HarperCollins, $25 5

NONFICTION

1 SUGAR BUSTERS! H. Leighton Steward, Morrison C. Bethea, M.D., Sam S. Andrews, M.D., and Luis A. Balart, M.D., Ballantine, $22 14 2 TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE Mitch Albom, Doubleday, $19.95 40 3 A PIRATE LOOKS AT FIFTY Jimmy Buffett, Random House, $24.95 9 4 IN THE MEANTIME Iyanla Vanzant, Simon & Schuster, $23 17 5 MARS AND VENUS STARTING OVER John Gray, Ph.D., HarperCollins, $25 5 6 ANGELA’S ASHES Frank McCourt, Scribner, $24 97 7 A WALK IN THE WOODS Bill Bryson, Broadway, $25 9 8 THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, Longstreet, $22 54 9 THE 9 STEPS TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM Suze Orman, Crown, $23 20 10 MARILU HENNER’S TOTAL HEALTH MAKEOVER Marilu Henner with Laura Morton, ReganBooks, $24 9 MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS

1 DR. ATKINS’ NEW DIET REVOLUTION Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Avon, $6.50 80 2 THE NOTEBOOK Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $5.99 30 3 THE BEST LAID PLANS Sidney Sheldon, Warner, $7.99 4 4 RISING TIDES Nora Roberts, Jove, $7.50 4 5 THE PERFECT STORM Sebastian Junger, HarperPaperbacks, $6.99 9 6 INTO THIN AIR Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $7.99 17 7 UNNATURAL EXPOSURE Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $7.99 8 8 THE MATARESE COUNTDOWN Robert Ludlum, Bantam, $7.99 5 9 SHE’S COME UNDONE Wally Lamb, Pocket, $7.99 12 10 DETECTIVE Arthur Hailey, Berkley, $7.99 2

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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